More Swastika Peace Symbols


I’ve already explained the significance of the swastika in Buddhist and Hindu culture, and, during my four months in India, I’ve continued to see the symbol, dozens of times a day.


And still, it is a shocking and uncomfortable image for me, because of its violent history in the Western world. Makes one realize how deeply ingrained cultural associations with a simple symbol can be; makes one wonder what other images are sealed up with closed-off associations in one’s head.


And although I will never display a swastika in my U.S. home, I have come to accept the comfort it gives to the billions of people for whom it means nothing more than peace, shanti, and unity. I envy them that.



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